Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight fails to conquer previous gate record

September 6, 2017 10:35 am by Tom Taylor
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UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor‘s showdown with undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. was expected to shatter all kinds of combat sports records. While the jury is still out on some of those records, we now know that the card did not, despite early optimism, set the all-time record for live gates.

Instead, the August 26 mega-fight generated an official gate of $55,414,865.79. This number registers as the second biggest ever, falling short of Floyd Mayweather’s 2015 battle with Manny Pacquiao, which raked in upward of $70 million.

The gate for Mayweather vs. McGregor was generated by an impressive 13,231 tickets (only 137 of which were complimentary). As MMAJunkie.com points out, this works out to an average revenue of $4,188.26 per ticket issued.

These figures were first reported by Twitter user @jedigoodman, and subsequently confirmed by MMAJunkie.

Though Mayweather vs. McGregor failed to conquer the all-time gate record, it did produce the biggest gate for the T-Mobile Arena.

Twitter user @jedigoodman provided some interesting context on this statistic, pointing out that the largest attendance for this venue went to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s battle with Julio Cezar Chavez Jr., while UFC 207, headlined by a bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, sold the most tickets.

Though Conor McGregor was widely expected to be dominated by Floyd Mayweather Jr., the fight went quite well for him, as he arguably captured the first few rounds. Ultimately, however, he began to gas, while Mayweather simultaneously turned up the heat. From there, it was only a matter of time. The undefeated boxer elevated his record to a pristine 50-0 with a TKO in the 10th round.

Are you surprised that Conor McGregor’s battle with Floyd Mayweather didn’t set the all-time record for live gates? Do you expect the card to break the all-time pay-per-view record? Join the conversation in the comments section!

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/6/2017.


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